Orange County Business Journal

TOURISM AND MEDIA

Recent and archived news stories on: Airports, Conventions, Entertainment, Hotels, Gaming, Restaurants, Sports, Theme Parks, Travel...
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Montage, Pelican Hill, St. Regis Make Forbes List

Three Orange County resorts have earned Five Star rankings in the Forbes Travel Guide.

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Taco Bell to Marketing Top 10

Fast Company magazine in New York named Taco Bell Corp. to its top-10 list of most innovative companies of 2015 in advertising and marketing.

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Hotel Sales Spike in 2014

The number of hotels sold in Orange County more than doubled and their dollar value increased five-fold in 2014 compared with a year earlier, according to Irvine-based hospitality consultant Atlas Hospitality Group.

Blue Sky Over JWA

OC-Based Charter Services Catch Recovery’s Tailwind

Charter air service is finding friendly skies over Orange County, where demand for private flights has gained altitude in recent months.

Behind the Badge Business Plan: Keep Cops in Front of Story

Agencies Pay PR Shop to Craft Police Perspective Into Site

Behind the Badge OC has the look and feel of a community news site, with articles that focus on the everyday lives of local men and women.

Whale of a Tie-In; NBFF Scores in UK; Doti at Shea Center

Here are a couple of big OC names that make a natural marketing match: Pacific Life and filmmaker MacGillivray Freeman.

Startup Has Broadcom, NFL Vets in Lineup

TECHNOLOGY: Plans to debut audio product in Q2

A startup led by a former engineering head at Broadcom Corp. and a private equity veteran and has attracted an eclectic mix of early investors as it vies for a spot in the crowded accessories market with a high-end smartphone case that also functions as a speaker and charger.

Chicago Investor’s Buy Ups Bet on Resort Market

REAL ESTATE: $1.4M-per-room sale of Montage an OC record

The Chicago-based investor that was reportedly exploring a sale of its lone Orange County property just 18 months ago has instead added to its local resort holdings.

Pizza Chain Sticks to Recipe on Expansion

RESTAURANTS: Bucks trend of fast-casual, eyes Westminster

John’s Incredible Pizza Co. is in talks to open a restaurant in Westminster Mall as it doubles down on its long-standing family-oriented approach amid the recent popularity of fast-casual restaurants that appeal to food afficianados.

Red Digital, Surfer Magazine Team for Wave of Content

12 Photographers Will Shoot With 6K Dragons

Surfer Magazine, owned by San Clemente-based TEN: Action/Outdoor Group, has partnered with Red Digital Cinema Camera Co. in Irvine to put on REDirect Surf 2015.

Kofax Poised to Sever UK Listing, Go Nasdaq-Only

Ready to Exit London Exchange for Nasdaq

The directors of Irvine-based business software maker Kofax Ltd. are scheduled to vote this week on a proposal to delist its shares from the London Stock Exchange.

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Blizzard Posts Strong Q4 on WoW Expansion Release

Irvine-based video game maker Blizzard Entertainment Inc. reported a strong fourth quarter after the close of intraday trading Thursday, with revenue and operating profits rising.

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Wienerschnitzel Hires CMO

Irvine-based fast food hot dog chain Wienerschnitzel said it named Doug Koegeboehn chief marketing officer.

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JWA Names Interim Chief

John Wayne Airport said the Orange County Board of Supervisors named Lawrence Serafini acting director, following the departure of current Airport Director Alan Murphy.

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Russell to Replace Rogers at PBS SoCaL

Mel Rogers will retire from his post as president and chief executive of Costa Mesa-based PBS SoCaL effective April 30.